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Photo: MLA Pat Pimm (left) shares a laugh with Executive Director Anita Lee in the Fort St. John Friendship Centre on Friday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/


By Christine Rumleskie

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A $24,500 Provincial Government gaming grant to the Fort St. John Friendship Society will go a long way, according to the facility’s Executive Director.

Anita Lee says the money will be used to assist the ‘Nurturing Hands Project’ which will eventually shift some programs around the building and add a new bathroom to the main floor.

The announcement was made by North Peace MLA Pat Pimm on Friday afternoon.

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The Friendship Centre offers a variety of social-service programs for all people, of all ages in the community. The building was first constructed in the 1970’s and has been running as a community centre ever since.

Lee says the programs are focused around the ‘Medicine Wheel’, which is highly-sacred in aboriginal way-of-life.

It represents all aspects of life from spiritual to physical. Like the Wheel, Lee says the programs are meant to help people through all phases in their life.

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The Friendship Centre is located at 10208-95th Avenue.


Last year, the Province cut gaming grants from $154 million to around $113 million. This year, the gaming grant allotment was raised to around $120 million, and aims to target groups for young and disabled people.

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